Saturday, February 05, 2011

Winter 2011: Reviews of the New Shows

Hourou Musuko
After one episode, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed just about all of the new shows.

After two episodes, I lost interest in everything but Hourou Musuko ("Wandering Son").

Now, however, after 3-5 episodes, things have shaken out and I think that yes, Hourou Musuko is the best of the season, but Madoka Magica is an excellent show, too. And there are several other enjoyable offerings, as well. (click images to enlarge)

the best:
Hourou Musuko -- Best show of the season by far, for my taste. Subtle emotional tapestry of the lives of two middle-school students: a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy. The thirteen-year-old lead seiyuu is doing a great job, as is seiyuu veteran Nanri Yuka as a girl with a long-standing crush on him.

second best:

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Yumeiro Patissière -- Seiyuus at Wrap-up Party

After a 15-month run, the highly enjoyable (at least for the first year) Yumeiro Patissière ended in December. The wrap-up party was held last Thursday.

Fortunately, one of the seiyuus took some pictures. That was Misawa Sachika, who played the "sweets spirit" Café. Here she points to Café, and to her own signature:

Misawa-san turned 18 on January 13. She's wearing her school uniform in these pictures. She won a Kadokawa "idol seiyuu"contest in 2009, when she was 16. Photos are from her blog.

Yuuki Aoi -- More New Photos

From the magazine B.L.T. Voice Girls, via 2channel: (click photos for full size)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Madoka Magica: Drawing of Kyuubei by Seiyuu Yuuki Aoi

A few hours ago, this drawing of Kyuubei as a human being appeared in Yuuki Aoi's blog:

Ao-chan loves to draw, and has done personifications of animals before, including one of a panda.

She said she would do her own character, Madoka, but that she wanted to do this personification of Kyuubei first. She said she thought Kyuubei should be a young man (a shounen), but one that the color pink suited.

Ao-chan says that the background texture was supposed to approximate the world view of Inu Curry, the two-person animation team that designed the witch-world segments of the anime. But she added that it apparently is not so easy to do.

She made a point of saying the drawing was her fantasy, and shouldn't be taken to indicate anything about the show. That won't stop us, I know, lol. Ao-chan says: "Is it he or she? And what kind of being is it? Please watch the show to find out."

I haven't seen Ao-chan do so much in the way of coloring, shading and backgrounds before. Her college term ended a few days ago, so she apparently has more time right now for drawing, gaming, posting in her blog, etc.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yuuki Aoi -- New Photos

A few new photos of Yuuki Aoi have been posted on 2channel. The first two are from a magazine called B.L.T. Voice Girls:

 (click photos for original size)

Taketatsu Ayana -- New Photo

A new photo from her blog has prompted fans once again to call Taketatsu Ayana "truly an angel":

After a season in which she seemed to be everywhere, Ayanyan has dropped back to only one new show this winter season, Rio - Rainbow Gate. She was in six or seven last season, including starring the wildly popular Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

I don't believe this reflects anything about her popularity, which remains high on 2channel. At the moment, she is the third most posted about seiyuu, after Mizuki Nana and Hirano Aya, and just ahead of Tomatsu Haruka and Tamura Yukari.

Her and Tomatsu-san's rankings will shift up and down, but both remain among the most popular younger seiyuus.